I had intended to separate out a few different posts on various subjects, but now is as good as any time to put them all together.
Left Foot Forward covers how the ill named, English Democrats, are happy to take ex-BNP racists as members.
Liverpool antifascists remind us how neo-Nazis still pose a real threat.
Foreign Policy has an amusing post on the peculiar habits of dictators, and what they hoard.
David Allen Green at the New Statesman shreds St Paul’s Cathedral’s feeble excuse for closing.
In more religious news, a Catholic Archbishop indulges in a bit of Jew baiting.
Earlier this month, the convicted Holocaust denying reactionary Bishop Richard Williamson took another swing at Jews, although from the Guardian’s rather anodyne coverage you wouldn’t know that. The Vatican insider explains the background in more detail, but you get the impression they themselves are ambivalent remarking that Williamson’s “positions are extreme even within the traditionalist world, they are certainly not isolated even within the Lefebvrist community itself. “
Meanwhile in Germany, the Catholic Church has apparently been profiting from pornography according to an article at Worldcrunch. Who would have thought it? First, antisemitism, now pornography, whatever next?
In the JC, David Aaronovitch deals with some nasty subconscious thinking by his fellow journalist, Deborah Orr.
Rob Marchant writes, Anti-Semitism is the new black, showing the worrying level of denial of anti-Jewish racism in the trade union movement.
The comments box at the New Statesman confirms how timely Rob’s article was. I can’t help remembering how many once loyal trade unionists resigned from UCU over institutionalised racism in that union, Engage has more.
Norm on Orr’s an apology of sorts. I really liked his first piece on it, opening with “You may think you’ve plumbed the depths of human stupidity and blind prejudice, but you never have.”
Finally, my own word of advice to those Westerners “interested” in Middle Eastern topics.
If you don’t want to be thought of as a bigot or racist then try and avoid using Far Right terminology such as “Chosen”, etc.
Better still, educate yourself on how the Far and Extreme Right use these topics and take extra, extra care.